What is a Prayground?
A space allocated at the front of the Fellowship Hall that is intended for families with infants and toddlers, ages 4 and under. It is a quiet play area that will have a soft rug, table and chairs suitable for small children, and quiet toys and books. It is a place where children can quietly play and worship with the rest of the congregation.
Why a Prayground?
Each time a child is baptized we as a church promise to help nurture and guide our children on their faith journey. It is important that these children are seen and take part in worship with the rest of the congregation. By being present at the service it will allow our children to develop worship skills at a young age. We want to show our children that they are an important part of our community. Having a Prayground will also help us meet one of the guiding principles of our church’s vision, which is to: “Create space for children and youth to engage in the life and leadership of the congregation.”
What kind of toys will be in the Prayground?
There will be bins containing soft toys and books, crayons, paper, and other engaging activities that produce minimal noise.
Is it okay if I bring my own toys?
Of course! We understand that some kids are calmer when they have the comfort of their own favorite toys. Choose toys that do not crinkle, have electronic sound, or could be loud if shaken or thrown.
Will I need to sit with my child during the service?
Yes. Parents are expected to sit in the chairs near the Prayground so they can keep an eye on their child during the service. This is a time for families to enjoy worship together, but in a more child friendly space.
Will the nursery still be available?
The nursery will not be available for the weeks in the summer when worship is being held in the Fellowship Hall. The nursery will resume in the Fall.
What if I’m worried about my child being too disruptive?
Please know that little happy noises from your children are welcomed. Steve and Rebecca have both expressed that these noises are not distracting, and they are happy to hear the presence of our youngest members in service. Of course, if you feel like your little one’s noise level is getting too loud, please feel free to step out at any time.
Have other churches tried a Prayground? If so, what has been the response?
The Worship Ministry Team has reached out to a few churches that have implemented a Prayground and so far, they have had a positive response.
Will the Prayground continue once we move back into the sanctuary in the fall?
The summer worship Prayground will be on a trial basis. The hope is that we can continue the Prayground in the Sanctuary in the fall.
Matthew 19: 13-14
13 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.
14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”